Whether you’re one of the lucky ones with flawless skin or you're the type who suffers from dreaded breakouts on a constant basis, having a consistent skincare routine is still so important. While everyone has different skincare needs and products may vary, there are some essential items which you’ll want to keep stocked up in your bathroom cabinet.

Cleanser

The good old days of soap and water just won’t do, you’ll need something that caters to your type of skin. Find out if you have dry, oily or combination skin first, so you can buy a product that suits you best. Dry skin tends to look flaky and scaly, while oily skin usually means you’re more prone to those annoying breakouts and your face is often shiny. Combination skin mixes the two as you may find that you’re a little oily across your T-zone and a little dry on your cheeks. Whatever kind of product you end up using, we advise against scrubbing like your life depends on it. Instead wash your face gently and rinse with warm (not hot) water to avoid your skin becoming dehydrated.

Moisturiser

Please don’t think that just because you have oily skin you can avoid a moisturiser. Moisturisers are for every skin type and should be used every time you wash your face. They stop your skin from drying out and becoming dehydrated. Apply a moisturiser when your skin is still a bit damp, this way it will help to retain the moisture.

Sunscreen

If you take one tip, let it be this one! Apply sunscreen every single day, rain or shine. While some moisturisers contain SPF, it’s still worth doubling up with sunscreen as well. This way you’ll avoid those nasty UVA and UVB rays, all while keeping your skin free of sun damage, wrinkles and uneven skin tone.

Serum

If you’re looking for that ultimate glow, serums may just be your new obsession. Containing a range of active ingredients like vitamin C and E, serums can treat skin issues such as acne, discolouration and fine lines. There are heaps of different types of serums out there, so it’s best to understand what kind you’re looking for. It could be for anti-aging, skin brightening, acne or sensitive skin, but if you’re unsure of what you’re after, seek advice from a dermatologist.

Exfoliator

Exfoliation is a step that’s often skipped over, but it still should be an important part of your routine. Exfoliation increases cell turnover by removing dead skin and buildup, helping to clear out your pores for smoother skin. While you won’t want to use it every day as it can be harsh for the skin, you should keep to it once or twice a week at the max, and ensure you've chosen a facial one - exfoliators for your body are too harsh for delicate skin and can do more harm than good.

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Information Sources: Northwestern Medicine, Specialists in Dermatology and Healthline.

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